PARADISE AT POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
WHY POINT REYES
Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) is a majestic peninsula carved by the San Andreas Fault overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The 71,000-acre park is a stunner. It's dotted with wild coastal beaches, rugged headlands, and grazing cows.
This place is a natural sanctuary for tule elk, elephant seals, gray whales & more. Visit for the breath-taking views, and camp to experience the magic.
TRIP · 3-day backpacking trip
FOR · Pals & new backpackers
VIBE · Challenging & rewarding
COST · $
DRIVE · 1.5 hours from SF
IDEAL DATES · April - June
PETS · Not allowed on trails
NEED TO KNOW
🚘 Print a copy of your campsite reservation and place it visibly on your car dashboard for overnight parking
🔥 No campfires are allowed at camp
🤫 Quiet hours are from sundown to sunrise
🐭 Food storage lockers aren't rodent proof.
Bring bear sacks/canisters if you can!
😷 Face masks & social distancing are
required. Recreate responsibly!
EACH CAMPSITE COMES WITH:
- A picnic table
- A food storage locker
- A fire ring & bbq grate
- Space for about 3 two-person tents
- Shared toilets (on site)
- Trash collection (on site)
BOOK A WOODSY, SECLUDED SPOT AT GLEN CAMPGROUND
Glen Campground is a backcountry destination with perks. It's a 5-mile hike to the campground, which is protected from ocean breezes, and then a 3-mile hike to reach the Pacific. It has 12 campsites (people like sites #1, 2, 6, 7 & 8), access to toilets, a water pump, trash cans, and glorious tranquility.
WHY CAMP AT GLEN?
PRNS has four hike-in campgrounds: Glen, Coast, Sky & Wildcat. Sky is closed until at least April 2021 due to wildfires. Coast & Wildcat are often booked solid. Glen has openings from Sun - Thurs. You can reserve any campsite up to six months in advance.
Nightly Fee: $20
LEAVE SF BY 10 AM & SWING BY
BRICKMAIDEN BREADS FOR LUNCH
Located at 40 4th Street, Point Reyes Station
Locals love their scones, sandwiches, anything baked, really.
They're open Thursdays to Sundays | 8 AM - 2 PM.
LAST PIT STOP · Point Reyes Station - 11401 CA-1, Point Reyes Station
DRIVE TO FIVE BROOKS TRAILHEAD &
BEGIN YOUR BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
Display a copy of your campsite reservation on car dash.
It's a 5-mile hike with about 1,950 ft. of elevation through coastal woodlands to reach camp.
- Hike for about a mile on Stewart Trail
- Bear right onto Greenpicker Trail and hike for 2 miles
- Reach Fir Top and take Stewart Trail again for 0.3 miles downhill
- At the junction, take Greenpicker Trail again for 1 mile until you
reach Glen Camp Loop
- Follow Glen Camp Loop Trail downhill for 0.7 miles to camp
SETTLE IN & SET UP CAMP
Treat yo' self to a late-afternoon snack. Prep dinner, dessert &
enjoy an evening of relaxing & stargazing. You made it!
SLEEP-IN, MAKE BRUNCH & PREP FOR A DAY HIKE
TO WILDCAT BEACH
Pack a daypack with food, sunscreen, jacket, water filter & top off your water supply.
It's a moderate 6-mile round-trip hike, with 1,300 ft. of elevation, to one of PRNS's
longest & widest beaches.
Once you arrive, enjoy an afternoon picnic with oceanside views.
OR IF YOU'RE FEELING AMBITIOUS, KEEP HIKING
TO ALAMERE FALLS
From Wildcat Beach it's another 3.2 mile roundtrip hike, with 670 ft. of elevation, to Alamere Falls.
Take Ocean Lake Loop and Coast Trail for 1.6 miles to reach the falls.
The falls may be dry in late-summer, but you'll still be rewarded with panoramic ocean views.
RETURN TO CAMP & UNWIND
Prep a delicious meal and warm up with your favorite hot bevvie.
Soak up your last night in Point Reyes!
COOK UP BREKKIE, PACK UP
& PACK OUT BEFORE NOON
Load up your backpack, snacks & refill your water supply for the return hike
👀 Clean up around camp & throw away any random pieces of litter
TREK BACK TO FIVE BROOKS TRAILHEAD
Take Glen Camp Loop to Greenpicker Trail
- At the junction, take Stewart Trail for 0.3 miles
- Veer left to take Greenpicker Trail again for 2 miles
- From Greenpicker, take Stewart Trail back to the parking lot
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LAST UPDATED: March 28, 2021
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